The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the AT, is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. It is approximately 2,181 miles long. The path is maintained by 30 trail clubs and multiple partnerships,and managed by the National Park Service and the nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The majority of the trail is in wilderness, although some portions do traverse towns and roads, and cross rivers. The Appalachian Trail is famous for its many hikers, some of whom, called thru-hikers, attempt to hike it in its entirety in a single season. Along the way, the trail passes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
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Sunday, September 18, 2011
Progress Through Maine, 2,000 miles 9/18
Ryan called Saturday afternoon from Stratton, Maine. He had hiked into Stratton to resupply. They will return to the trail before dark. The cell connection was bad and he could only talk for a minute or two. They have run into snow, sleet and hail several times in the past two days. The tempertaure was down to 27 degrees Friday evening.
This afternoon he passed the 2,000 mile mark.
We quickly exchanged a list of supplies and a mail drop location for this Thursday. He's asked for his heavy boots, heavy socks, rain pants, and picture disks. He is down to one disk and can't send one home until he gets his others in the mail. He and hopefully his package will be in Monson Maine on Thursday.
He was in good spirits and continues to talk about making the most of what he has left.